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Muhos is famous for its beatiful women (Armi
Kuusela was Miss Universe in 1952) and its verdant nature. The river Oulujoki flows
through the community and its countryside. The wide open plains of Pohjanmaa start on the
south side of the river and the hills of Kainuu with their uniform forests from the
northern side of it. Rare vegetation can be found in the 30 metres deep river canyons of
rivers Muhosjoki and Poikajoki and special dry forest land covers the Rokua hills. The
river Oulujoki Muhos is versatile in its scenery. Muhos offers modern services combined
with rural peace. In Muhos traditions are mainly associated with the river. The river has
brought with it fertile shores, salmon catching, tar transportation, rapids shooting and
later, large power stations.
Fifteen historic manor houses are scattered throughout the Mäntsälä
countryside. The individual histories of these manors are extraordinary. They are full of
interesting personalities and incredible stories. For example, in the summertime, the
Frugård Manor Museum welcomes visitors to its historic world. This manor was the
childhood home of Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld, the famous explorer who later discovered the
Northeast Passage. The manor's charming Hedda-Noora Cafe offers its visitors delicious
refreshments. Each Spring, the Sälinkää Manor hosts the "Czar's Feast", a
popular dining event with a special program that gives visitors a taste of the celebration
organized for Czar Alexander I, when he visited Mäntsälä in 1809. Ulla Möllersvärd,
the local beauty who captivated the Czar's attention at the diet of Porvoo, is always in
attendance. The Mäntsälä Manor House Tour is very popular to both to visitors and local
The town of Mänttä is situated in the heart of some of the most splendid
natural scenery of North-Eastern Pirkanmaa region and it borders the province of Central
Finland. The nearest major towns are Tampere and Jyväskylä both some 90 km away or about
one hour´s drive. The railway station in Vilppula is close by and the nearest airport is
only 25 km away at Jämsä Halli Airport. The town of Keuruu is some 30 km away by Lake
Keurusselkä. Mänttä has a population of 7000 and covers an area of 64 km², and it is
part of the large Province of Western Finland and the more local Ylä-Pirkanmaa region.
Naantalis traditions, seaside location, sunny people and unique environment
make it a lively and hospitable little town. As the same little town boasts the
Presidents Summer Residence Kultaranta, the Moomin World, a Convent Church, the most
splendid spa in the Nordic countries as well as events ranging from the Music Festival to
Sleepyhead Day, it is hardly surprising that recent surveys rate Naantali as the best town
in Finland for tourists.
The Port of Naantali is ideally positioned at the south-west tip of Finland.
Ice poses no problem in even the harshest of winters and the fairway stays open all year
round. Sheltered by the Finnish Archipelago, not even pack ice impedes traffic, so the
fairway remains clear and navigable for tonnage of all sizes, including smaller vessels.
Nilsiä has plenty to offer the active sports and nature lover at all times of
the year. It has some of the best winter sports facilities in Finland at the popular
Tahkovuori ski resort and on the well-maintained local ski trail network. Snowmobile
enthusiasts also appreciate the marked routes covering hundreds of kilometres in Nilsiä
and Northeast Savo. In summer, too, nature plays a leading role in Nilsiä's leisure
pursuits. There are numerous marked paths for hiking and mountain biking. The town has a
well-equipped marina and there is excellent fishing in lakes Syväri and Vuotjärvi,
renowned for their stock of fish, and in the Lastukoski rapids. Nilsiä also has a wide
range of sports services and special clubs for people of all ages. A modern sports field,
a full-length golf course, sports hall, tennis courts and other sports premises offer
excellent possibilities for both training and fun.
For boaters, Nokia is the centre of magnificent landscapes and routes. The
waterways take you all the way to Vammala, Tampere, and Hämeenlinna. Enjoy a lake cruise
from Tampere to the Rantasipi Eden Spa Hotels dock or sail from Hämeenkyrö to
Siuro. Water lovers enjoy the Rantasipi Eden Spa Hotel year round. Nokia is a lively place
all year round. The Finnish light music event Tapsan Tahdit alone attracts over 25,000
people each year to the city. Rally racing fans get into gear to gather at the Nokia
Rally. The city is also famous for its many sports events. The full-sized River Golf
course invites you to wander through the beautiful Taivalkunta scenery. The ice-rink,
sports hall, swimming pool, and stables all add variety to the wide range of activities
We have here about 100 lakes and uncounted streams and rapids. Here you can catch fish,
hunt, pick berries, gather mushrooms or just enjoy the nature. In the area of Nummi-Pusula
we have a great number of bears: more than elsewhere in South-Finland. If you are
lucky enough you can also see wolf and lynx.
Nurmes is characterised by wide forest and wetland areas, high hills as well as
the nearly 100 km long lake Pielinen. Nurmes is the terminal port of the navigation route
leading from the Gulf of Finland through the Canal of Saimaa towards the north. Thanks to
the continental climate, the summer is warm and in the winter there is plenty of snow. The
regions pure watercourses guarantee excellent opportunities for winter and summer
fishing and aquatic sports. Also hunters and hikers can find a variety of activities in
the region, because in Nurmes you are always close to the nature. In summertime Bomba
Festivals, boat cruises on the lake Pielinen, the golf course located in a beautiful
scenery close to the shore, and of course dances on an open-air dance floor offer unique
experiences. Wintertime events include for example dog team races and the Immanuel
Christmas drama shedding light on the darkness of the midwinter.
The municipality of Nurmijärvi was named after Lake Nurmijärvi, which was,
however, dried to be used as farmland in the 1920s and in the 1940s.
Sääksjärvi, one of the remaining lakes, is famous for its clean water and it is a
popular recreation area. Nurmijärvi is the biggest municipality as to the number of the
population. There are some 32 000 inhabitants (spring 2000). Over three quarters live in
the three centres called Klaukkala, Nurmijärvi and Rajamäki. These centres have become
more urbanized with the growing number of population while the smaller villages have
preserved their rural atmosphere.
National Highway #8 runs like a monotonous line through the landscape of western
Finland. You get the feeling to keep on driving... But don't listen! You will be doing
yourself a favour by turning off Highway #8 and taking the road of birches to a town by
the coast called Närpes. Enjoy the beautiful scenery while you are still close to the
conviniences of civilisation. This rural town will give you some wonderful experiences if
you just allow it. In this brochure you'll get a taste of what Närpes can offer you;
beautiful scenery, the many unforgettable faces of the sea, the marvellous archipelago,
our special culture and history, a varied number of free-time activities and much, much
more. Have a rewarding holiday in Närpes!
- The municipality's international atmosphere is clearly
manifested; the more than one hundred refugees from different countries enliven the local
community and its cultural life. The view from the village's high cliffs over the open sea
and the archipelago is breathtakingly beautiful. A journey of exploration in Oravais
broadens your knowledge of the common history of Finland and Sweden and the early
industrialisation of Ostrobothnia. In Oravais, the different eras of industrialisation
have followed one another ever since. The majority of the municipality's 2,400 residents
speak Swedish as their mother tongue, only every eighth inhabitant speaks Finnish. In
summer, the regiment of Ostrobothnia drills in the battlefield of Oravais. The Historical
Society of Oravais presents the progress of the battle and the soldiers' living conditions
by means of tours, short films, as well as an exhibition, erected in the Sergeant´s
Recidence (Furirbostället) at the Fänrik Ståhl Centre, displaying clothing and
imitations of old weapons. In the unique restaurant of the Sergeant´s Recidence
(Furirbostället), Lotta Svärd, a member of the women's voluntary defence service, serves
traditional foods and drinks.
Warm summer days filled with light and a cold winter with
lots of snow are both regular features of the year in Oulu. Events are arranged all year
round to suit every taste. You can get to know Oulu on your own e.g. with the aid of the
Look at Oulu brochure produced by the City's Tourist Services, or by taking part in a
guided sightseeing tour on foot or by bus.
Pargas (Parainen in Finnish) is situated in the middle of the beautiful
archipelago. It is the only town in Finland which is entirely surrounded by water.
Nevertheless it is not very far to the larger cities; to Turku 23 km, to Helsinki 173 km
and Tampere 180 km. Pargas is a two-language town and with active trade and industry.An
archipelago town like Pargas can offer a large number of leasure alternatives. You have
the nature and environment almost in your living room, no matter if we talk about forest,
grounds or water. Since you probably have a short distance here between home and work, you
also have more free time to spend. In Pargas you can fish, swim, golf (now 9 holes, but
soon 18) go boating, go horseback riding, borrow books from a library with a large
assortment, participate in cultural activities for children, youth or adults. Or simply do
nothing among the islands and skerries. There is absolutely no need to travel way up north
to Lapland during autumn to watch the "ruska" (this is the time when nature
turns into bright orange and red); a late boat trip, say in October, will give you an
unforgettable experience and memories. And please, do not forget that the archipelago
winter is stunningly beautiful.
Petäjävesi and it´s neighbours offer to a traveller excellent holiday
possibilities . To a traveller who enjoys fresh air, we offer boating on Karikkojärvi
meteorite lake, canoeing, nature trails, riding and the nationally marked cycling route.
The local jewel is our Old Church, which is on the Unesco list of World Heritage. In
Petäjävesi a traveller can find museums, for example the Road-traffic museum, the Radio-
and the telephone museum, the Jeans museum and much more worth seeing.
Pielavesi will lure you in! The clearest indication of our charm is the great
number of summer residents and tourists in the area. Clean abundant bodies of water rich
in fish, magnificent scenery and good services have persuaded thousands of people to
choose Pielavesi as their summer place to be. But there is still plenty of space and
shoreline to newcomers, as well!
Jakobstad was founded in 1652 by Ebba Brahe, a widow of the military commander
Jacob de la Gardie - whose memory still lives on in the Swedish name of the town - and the
town charter was granted by Queen Kristina of Sweden. The town was founded at the old
harbour of greatparish Pedersöre. The tar-farmers of the sea-district - the trade
contractors of the town - kept the name of the greatparish. That´s why the Finnish name
of the town still today is Pietarsaari.
Pirkkala is a pleasant, dynamic town right next to the city of Tampere. As part
of the urban area of Tampere the town benefits from the favourable location along the
central belt- and highways. The Tampere/Pirkkala International Airport is situated in
Pirkkala, so for example Stockholm and St. Petersburg are within one hour's reach from
Pirkkala. So close to Tampere and the Airport, Pirkkala is a good choice for staying
overnight and perhaps spending a day or two. Situated along the Lake Pyhäjärvi Pirkkala
offers marvellous opportunities water sports, picnicking and hiking, away from the city
hustle and bustle. For more information, please contact local tourist office. In spite of
Pirkkala being small in area it has a lot of unspoiled nature and forests. The
municipality owns a lot of littoral areas by Lake Pyhäjärvi for the recreation of its
inhabitants. There are marked routes for jogging, skiing and excursions to lookout spots
of nature. The most numerous archaeological finds of the region have been found in
Pirkkala. Both the flora and the fauna are diverse.
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